Need Advice? Ask an ASCD Expert!

Tara Laskowski
Tara Laskowski Community Member Posts: 4
edited November 2022 in Resources
Hi everyone!

We are starting a new feature in EL magazine that allows our community of educators to ask specific advice for their most pressing issues. Here's some more information about it. Please send us your dilemmas!

Seeking guidance about an education-related dilemma or sticky situation? ASCD faculty, authors, and other experts are here to help in a new, practical advice column in Educational Leadership magazine.

Are you unsure how to address a systemic problem in your school or particular instructional challenge? Do you want to reach a struggling student but don’t know how? Are you having trouble implementing or getting buy-in for a new program or practice? Or do you need a framework or protocols for leading a difficult conversation with a colleague? Whatever your school-based challenge is, we want to hear about it.

Ask your question here. Select questions will be answered by ASCD faculty or authors with the appropriate area of expertise and be featured in EL magazine. We will notify you if your query is chosen and send you two complimentary copies of the issue that it’s published in. Note: We will not publish your name or other identifying information unless you give us permission.

It's time to stop wrestling with your problem on your own! Ask an ASCD expert and get information to help guide your practice.


  • Meltonya Wakefield
    Meltonya Wakefield Moderator Posts: 20 mod
    @Tara Laskowski I love this!! I can't wait to see how many more educators we help with this new Educational Leadership column. I'm looking forward to learning from it.
  • Kryss Shane
    Kryss Shane Community Member Posts: 1
    I wrote the book, "The Educator's Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion" and have been endorsed by the President of the American Assoc. of Suicidology (among others). I know the book helps all, does anyone have tips on how to get more schools to add it to educator reading lists or book clubs or into school libraries? Thanks!
  • Mohammad Khattab
    Mohammad Khattab Community Member Posts: 1
    Kindly note that I have been a select member since 1996. When I retired I became a retired member. I used to download member books before. I tried lately to download the member books but I was not able to do so in the new ASCD format. Would you kindly help me in this matter? Thank you.
    Dr. Mohammad Khattab
  • Maira Khalid
    Maira Khalid Community Member Posts: 9
    edited August 2022

    Hello, my name is Maira Khalid and currently I am taking a course titled "integrated planning, instruction and assessment" for my "professional master of education" degree. We learned about the different philosophical foundations that shaped the curriculum, the conceptions of curriculum and the curriculum designs teachers use. I realized that contemporary curriculum conceptions such as "Social Resconstructionism" and "Humanistic/Personal Relevenace" (also tied to the progressivism philosophical foundation) of curriculum are most popular as they correspond to a problem/society based curriculum design and learner based curriculum design. Recent research suggests that assessments pertaining the learner centered curriculum design and problem/society based curriculum yield a more in-depth knowledge about the curriculum. The best way to assess student learning is through portfolios, essays, journals, reflections, projects rather than the performance or standardized test. At the core of learner based and society based curriculum design is intrinsic motivation. Educators can strengthen intrinsic motivation by making it relevant to the students. In this manner students will be more eager to learn. I am interested in learning more ways where I can make learning and assessments more student centred in order so they are more motivated to learned.